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This document compiles over 35 projects related to the topic of 'Smart Villages'. All projects have been kindly provided by the members of the ENRD dedicated Thematic Group (TG).
Please, note that the information provided in this document has not been validated by the ENRD Contact Point. For more project examples and initiatives, please visit the Smart Villages Portal.
The factsheet overviews business-support tools supported under the Rural Development Programme (RDPs), including knowledge transfer, advisory services, farm and business development, basic services, Cooperation (M16) and LEADER/CLLD.
It was prepared as background material for the ENRD Seminar on ‘Revitalising Rural Areas through Business Innovation’ (Brussels, March 2017). 

This edition of the EAFRD Projects Brochure profiles twelve participatory social and digital initiatives that are enhancing rural services in six key areas: multi-service hubs; health, education; mobility; energy; and digitisation of the village itself.

The examples showcase how rural communities can sometimes respond to the challenges they face faster than policy, using innovative funding solutions such as private sector investment and crowdfunding.

The Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) can provide complementary support to local communities at each stage of the transformation process of a rural area into a ‘smart village’: from the initial idea to successful scale-up.

This document summarises the main outcomes of the ENRD Thematic Group on 'Smart and Competitive Rural Businesses' and is intended to assist policy-makers with improving the support system for businesses in rural areas. 
It covers topics such as: 
  • identifying new trends, opportunities and ‘wild ideas’ for rural businesses; 
  • business support approaches to help realise innovative business ideas;
  • supporting access to broadband and digitisation opportunities; and 
  • building digital capacity. 

The final report of the ENRD Thematic Group (TG) on 'Smart and Competitive Rural Businesses' (2016-2017) summarises the main recommendations and outputs from the TG's work. Additionally, it overviews the context, objectives, approach, methods and activities of the TG.

The final report of the ENRD Thematic Group on ‘Improving RDP Implementation' (2014-2015) outlines steps and key recommendations for stakeholders to better deliver the 2014-2020 Rural Development Programmes (RDPs).

This publication highlights how ICT is being used as an essential tool for unlocking the potential of rural areas, making them more attractive places to live, work and visit.